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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Fraud email example:

From: "Jenny Campbell" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 01:33:42 -0600
Subject: Re: Business proposl from Mr Alan

Let this communication not be a coincidence to you but as God's plan, my name is Ms.Jenny Campbell a citizen of United Kingdom, I work as the Inspection & Operational manager in my company. Where all valuables are being deposited safely; the name of our Company is (Reliance Security Group Services) London England.
I am here to plead with you to assist me save the life of my only Father who has been sick for years through this business I wish to introduce. I have spent so much that the sickness has put me into much debt that I will not be able to payback in the next 5years; God knows that I have not done such before but I donít want to wait and see my Company confiscating Mr. Alan Williams consignment, a business Tycoon who Died on a plane crash in 20th Oct, 2005 with all his family in Tanzania safari airline. Rather I wish to see his dreams come true in future as he told me history of his life when he visited my company to make deposit. Below here is the true story about the death of Mr. Alan Williams and his family.
Mr. Alan Williams made a huge deposit of US$45.6M with our Security Company which he packaged and sealed in a consignment; unfortunately he left nobody as his next of kin to the said deposit as he planed to use the fund to start Iron ore and Coal Mining business in any part of Asia and use part of the fund to support privileges. As a God fearing person I will like you to stand as NEXT OF KIN to Mr. Alan Williams to claim the consignment out from our Security Company. I will not like our Company to confiscate this fund or divert it to GENEVA SWITZERLAND as unclaimed consignment.
You will have 70% of the total deposited amount to be invested in Coal Mining business which Mr. Alan Williams has in mind before his sudden death and 25% to build Orphanage Home in memory of Mr. Alan Williams family; while 5% goes to me so i can use it to save the life of my Father who is critical sick at the hospital. I need to discourse this better with you when I receive a positive answer from you and also see your willingness to save the life of my Father through this transaction. Secondly when Mr. Alan Williams made this deposit he did not disclose the content as cash money in the Certificate of Deposit to avoid money laundry law. So there for to prove your willingness in claiming this fund as the next of Kin to Mr Alan i will be needing this informationís from you: FULL NAME, AGE, OCCUPATION, CONTACT ADDRESS, DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER & COPY OF YOUR IDENTITY.
In return of my e-mail I will send to you my own informationís so as to know me better as well; remember I am doing this to save the life of my sick Father in the hospital and also to make sure that Mr. Alan Williams business plan and his family dream comes true.
Ms.Jenny Campbell
Reliance Security Group Services
TEL: +447700094377
ADDRESS: Boundary House, Cricket field Road,
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1QG, London, England.

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